When the time comes to buy a record player, whether this is your first venture into a decent turntable set up or you’re upgrading to a new system, of course you want to buy the best for the funds you have. Often this means buying second hand. In reality, with a turntable setup, the technology hasn’t really moved on much in the last 20 years. This means there's a massive amount … [Read more...] about A Guide To Buying A Second Hand Record Player Setup
Recently I took a two-week trip to Vietnam. I’d been desperate to visit for ages, hearing only good things about the country’s friendly people, its amazing scenery and a rich but troubled history. As I’m always up for a bit of travelling, my girlfriend and I decided to start in the south of the country, and gradually make our way up to the north, taking in the sites and sounds … [Read more...] about My Vietnamese Vinyl Adventure
We take a look around If Music and speak to owner Jean-Claude about the vinyl industry, his record store philosophy and the future of music. If Music is a special place. It feels different from other record shops in London; there’s just something about it. When you first ring the doorbell to gain access to its ‘off street level’ premises in Soho, it already seems … [Read more...] about Vinyl Thoughts: An Interview with Jean-Claude of If Music
Music is a funny old business. Trends come and go, bands are hot then not, and the ways we listen to music constantly change with time. If you told someone in the 60s that in the future we’d have tiny devices we carry around with us that send thousands of songs instantly to your ears, they’d have thought you were smoking something. On the other hand, if you’d asked someone from … [Read more...] about Vinyl vs. Streaming: Should There Be A Competition?
Everyone likes a bargain, and there’s nothing better than stumbling across a cheap vinyl record that you’ve had your eye on for a while. With the rising prices of Vinyl due to its recent surge in popularity, it’s good to know there are still places out there you can hunt down cheap used records, and its easier than you think if you know where to look. Have a bit of patience … [Read more...] about Cheap Vinyl: 5 Places To Find Those Bargain Records
When it comes to bands, a lot of people tend to forget how important the bass is. There are always the usual jokes about the bassist being the un-cool one with no personality (a theory I heavily disagree with, being a former bass player), and that they lack the stage presence of other members of the group. Bass players can stand out; look at the front of London Calling … [Read more...] about Your Bass or Mine: An Appreciation of the Bass Player